At Wachusett Meadow Nature Day Camp in Princeton, campers ages 3 1/2 to 17 make new friends and discover the wonders of the outdoors. Campers hike the trails and learn about the natural history of Massachusetts, play games, sing camp songs and have a lot of fun along the way!

Camp Hours: 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Before/After Care:

Before Camp • 8:00–9:00 am
Pre-registration required
$50 members; $65 nonmembers per week/camper
$30 members; $40 nonmembers per week half day nature camp
$10 members; $13 nonmembers per day

After Camp • 3:30–5:00 pm
$75 members; $90 nonmembers per week/camper
$15 members; $18 nonmembers per day/camper

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary Summer Camp
Half-Day Nature Camp
Preschool Naturalists • Ages 3.5-5
  • Tuesday-Thursday (9am – 1pm)
  • June 15–17, June 29–July 1, July 13–15, July 27–29, August 3-5, August 10–12
  • Cost: New! Sliding Scale Tiers. Tiers and application form

Explore Wachusett Meadow’s ponds, fields, and forests. Have fun outdoors as you play games, make crafts, go on hikes, and spot wildlife. Use real scientific tools, like magnifying glasses and ponding equipment to study plants, worms, and insects up close. Play in our backyard and make new friends!

Full-Day Nature Camp • Ages 5-12

Explorers | Ages 5–7
Naturalists | Ages 8–9
Adventurers | Ages 9–12
Discoverers | Ages 9–12
Ecologists | Ages 12–17

Each week will have a different theme, so campers can enjoy multiple weeks of camp!

Explorers (ages 5–7)
Entering Grades 1–2
Explore Wachusett Meadow’s many habitats and wildlife as you look under logs, go ponding in the wetlands, build shelters in the woods, and play nature-themed games like “Camouflage” and “Hawk and Mouse.” Make new friends, do creative crafts, sing camp songs, and go on picnics.

Naturalists (ages 8–9)
Entering Grades 3–4
Discover new nature facts about the wildlife at Wachusett Meadow and in your back yard. Climb a glacial boulder, meet a 200-year-old tree, and canoe our Wildlife Pond. Learn about the sanctuary’s field, woodland, and wetland habitats and the wildlife that call them home. Hike the Brook Trail and eat lunch by the stream.

Adventurers (ages 9–12)
Entering Grades 4–6
Explore the longest trails and farthest reaches of Wachusett Meadow. Hike the Brook Trail, canoe our Wildlife Pond, and summit Brown Hill for an awesome view. Investigate what’s living in the sanctuary’s fields, forests, ponds, and streams. Learn about the impacts of climate change and actions you can take to make a positive impact on the planet.

Full-Day Nature Camp (with extended Thursday hours) • Ages 9–17

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Discoverers (ages 9–12)
June 28–July 2, July 12–16, August 2–6 • Entering Grades 4–6
Cost: New! Sliding Scale Tiers. Tiers and application form
Make new friends and expand your horizons. Discover the biodiversity at Wachusett Meadow as you learn about community science. Hike along the Brook Trail and parts of the Midstate Trail. Enjoy Wildlife Pond from a canoe. Stay after dark on Thursday evening for dinner around the campfire, nighttime games, stargazing, and other nocturnal fun. Camper pickup on Thursday is at 9:30 pm.

Ecologists (ages 12–17)
July 19-23 • Entering Grades 7–11
Cost: New! Sliding Scale Tiers. Tiers and application form   

Learn about the biodiversity of Princeton, and beyond! Explore Wachusett Meadow’s trails and canoe on Wildlife Pond. Hike to the trails of Wachusett Mountain, the Mid State trail and other trails connected to our sanctuary. Wrap up the week with a late evening at Wachusett Meadow on Thursday, where you’ll enjoy dinner with your newfound friends, a firefly watch program and marshmallows around the campfire.

Specialty Sessions • Ages 7–17

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Outdoor Leaders (ages 11–14)
June 21-25
Cost: New! Sliding Scale Tiers. Tiers and application form   
Are you a natural-born leader? Do you think about camp activities all year long? Do you want to challenge yourself and improve your skills? Come enhance your natural history knowledge and discover more about our trail system. Develop a community service project and learn how to lead kid-friendly nature activities that will prepare you to become a Counselor-in-Training (CIT).

Nature & Art (ages 7-11)
July 5–9
Cost: New! Sliding Scale Tiers. Tiers and application form   
Explore nature, create art, and make friends! Hike Wachusett Meadow’s trails to gather inspiration for our many art projects during this fun-filled week. Try printmaking, painting, working with clay, and dabbling in multimedia. No experience necessary; just bring your imagination. Slideshow of art projects of all campers will be available on Friday evening.

Counselors in Training (ages 14-17)
June 12: 1pm-4pm (mandatory training)
Cost: $150 members; $215 nonmembers per session and training 
Are you interested in working with younger campers? Do you want to gain leadership skills? This program is for you! CITs learn how to plan and present a lesson during each week of camp and lead
camper games during lunch recess. Please note: Limited spaces are available. Registration fee covers training day plus a two-week commitment during the summer. Additional weeks may be available for $50 per week at the Camp Director’s discretion. Contact the Camp Director to request an application at wachusettcamp@ or 978-464-2712.

To Register:

  • Register online
  • Register by phone: 978-464-2712
  • Register in person: Bring a completed registration form with payment to the sanctuary (get directions)
  • New! See our sliding scale tiers! Financial assistance is available based on demonstrated economic need and available funds. Please call the Camp Director to request an application or download one.

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Road, Princeton MA 978-464-2712


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